Why Cork Is a Go-To Sustainable Material for More Than Just Wine Stoppers
The bark of cork trees is mostly used for wine stoppers, but it has other uses in sneakers and trains.
What's the Link Between Sneakers, Happy Hour and Infrastructure?
You can find a relationship between any three things by asking the right questions and connecting the dots. In this final episode of the Connect the Dots series, Teneille Gibson explains the link between the sneakers you wear, the wine you drink and the trains you ride.
Millennials and Gen Z Want Greener Cosmetic Procedures
Millennials and Gen Z are most ready to avoid plastic and opt for a less wasteful procedure.
How the War in Ukraine Could Impact College Tuition
You’re probably seeing some of the highest energy bills you’ve seen in years, and if you’re a college student, or thinking about going to college, soaring energy prices may impact you in more ways than you’d like. In the U.S., the cost of natural gas was 24 percent higher in February 2022 than it was in February 2021. And...
What's the Connection Between Surfing, Student Loans, and Grocery Bags?
Is there any connection between surfing, student loans and grocery bags? NBC San Diego’s Dana Williams tries to find out in this episode of Connect the Dots.
This SoCal Man Quit His Job to Become a Plant Street Vendor. Here's How.
One of the recurring memories Jesse Aleman has of his 22-year career as a concrete finisher is when he was pouring concrete on a road in California. “Every time we’re digging a hole, ‘sucks to be you!” The Moreno Valley, Calif., man is referring to what drivers would shout as they passed him and his fellow orange vests on...
Why This Man Left His Job as a Concrete Pourer to Sell Plants
Jesse Aleman’s job as a concrete pourer was affecting his mental health. So he made a big change: He quit his job and started selling plants from a street cart. And he achieved viral TikTok fame in the process.
The Plant Industry's Dark Secret: Black Plastic
You just bought a house plant for your apartment. You feel great: Your place looks nicer, and you’ve contributed to one of the greenest industries in the world. Or have you? Under that beautiful Monstera plant hides a dark secret: The black plastic pot you will throw in the recycling bin after you’ve repotted the plant might not be...
What Do Street Vending, Brunch, and House Plants Have in Common?
Street vending, brunch, and house plants have more in common than you may think. In this episode of “Connect the Dots,” Fernando Hurtado ends up on #PlantTok, meets a street vendor selling plants, and learns about why some black plastic can’t be recycled.
The Surprising Links Between Food Deserts, Concerts and Lightbulbs
How are food deserts, concerts and lightbulbs related? LX News storyteller Cody Broadway connects the dots — touching on Farm Aid concerts, the growing problem of “food swamps” and the invention of the LED lightbulb.